Ian Oldham - founder Shifting Gears
Shifting Gears Author
Ian spent over twenty five years developing the Shifting Gears materials and continues to evolve them. He studied Kaizen in Japan with Masaaki Imai and has worked with people and organisations in Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, Russia, the UK and the USA.
Diverse and rich background
Along with executive experience in aviation, manufacturing and retail, Ian has owned and operated several companies, including an outdoor adventure company. He has qualifications in electronics, commercial flying, industrial engineering, quality assurance and retail management.
Author of the Shifting Gears book and programmes, Ian’s approach is ‘dross free’ and down to earth delivering immediate and sustained benefits. His transformational work enables participants to explore their role as a leader, handle change, manage difficult situations with ease, deal with unhelpful behaviour, and move on.
Passion for development
Continuously evolving powerful concepts, processes, and tools, Ian ensures that they closely support participants as they shift their viewpoints and transform their operating style. His approach strongly encourages participants to apply their learning to what really matters to them – in their business and personal lives.
Gets to ‘the essence’
Ian’s ability to focus on what really matters has resulted in programmes that are not only transformational but also universal in nature. Delivered in China, San Francisco, London, Moscow, Australia and New Zealand, Shifting Gears has benefitted people in research, hospitality, telecommunications, broadcasting, medical practice, project management, real estate, software development, unions, government, science, employer groups and not-for-profit organisations.
A representative list of clients covering a twenty year period includes: Plaza Int'l Hotel (now Duxton), San Francisco MPEG hotels (Multi-employer Group), Drake International, IBM, Bayleys Real Estate, Telecom NZ, NZ Department of Internal Affairs, Exide Technology, Carlton Hotel, Digital Equipment, CentrePort NZ, Strait Shipping, KiwiRail (NZ State Owned Enterprise), Industrial Research (Crown Research Institute), MORST (Ministry of Research Science & Technology), Wellington Convention Centre, MAF (Ministry of Agriculture & Forests), Employers & Manufacturers Association, Kordia (broadcast & telecomm. solutions), Ericcson Communications, Environment Waikato Regional Council, Wellington City Council, TelstraClear (Telephone fixed line, mobile, & ISP), Interisland Line (Rail & passenger ferry service), National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, Television New Zealand, CentrePort (Wellington).